CMU finds that even bad robot trash talk can throw you off your game

CMU finds that even bad robot trash talk can throw you off your game

A commons tactic in both amateur and professional sports – and even in competitions as mundane as a casual board game night – is trash talk. But the negative effect of trash talk may have less to do with the skill of the repartee involved, and more with just the Read more…

Robotics startup Picnic, known for its automated pizza assembly system, raises $5 million

Robotics startup Picnic, known for its automated pizza assembly system, raises $5 million

Picnic, a robotics startup that focuses on food production, announced today that it has raised $5 million in additional seed funding. The new round was led by Creative Ventures, with participation from Flying Fish Partners and Vulcan Capital. The company also said it has hired Kennard Nielsen, a product engineer Read more…

Make a personal plan for your exit or IPO

Make a personal plan for your exit or IPO

Peyton Carr is a Financial Adviser to founders, entrepreneurs and their families, helping them with planning and investing. He is a Managing Director of Keystone Global Partners. Whether you’re a founder, an early employee or an executive, the possibility of an exit offers extraordinary financial possibilities. However, I see plenty Read more…

Here’s the first look inside Orbex’s Scotland rocket factory

Here’s the first look inside Orbex’s Scotland rocket factory

European private launch startup Orbex is getting ready to start actually launching payloads aboard its own rockets, and it’s pulling back the curtains to give a look at the factory it’s using to build its launch vehicles. The UK-based company is building its rockets from a facility in Scotland, and Read more…

Meet Dongtu, the Giphy of China

Meet Dongtu, the Giphy of China

With its own universe of homegrown social networks, e-commerce platforms and search engines, the Chinese internet is a world apart from its counterpart in the U.S. But in some areas, the two countries are surprisingly similar. That’s particularly true of people’s love for GIFs . Some feelings are better expressed in Read more…

SNC’s Dream Chaser spacecraft can supply NASA’s lunar space station – and become its own orbital platform

SNC’s Dream Chaser spacecraft can supply NASA’s lunar space station – and become its own orbital platform

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is in the process of developing ‘Dream Chaser,’ a reusable spacecraft designed to ferry cargo to the International Space Station, and bring it back to Earth, landing on a runway like the Space Shuttle. Today, the company revealed more about the Dream Chaser at a press Read more…

The iRobot Roomba s9+ and Braava m6 are the robots you should trust to clean your house well

The iRobot Roomba s9+ and Braava m6 are the robots you should trust to clean your house well

This holiday season, we’re going to be looking back at some of the best tech of the past year, and providing fresh reviews in a sort of ‘greatest hits’ across a range of categories. First up: iRobot’s top-end home cleaning robots, the Roomba s9+ robot vacuum, and the Braava m6 Read more…